The scientist behind the Pfizer vaccine says people in the UK could be vaccinated against coronavirus by the middle of next month.
Professor Ugur Sahin, co-founder of German firm BioNTech, said the first vaccines could be rolled out to patients nationwide mid-December.
But he said it would depend on whether the UK regulator licences it in time, adding: “The earliest time point for supplying vaccines will not be before the middle of December. And the middle of December will not mean the situation will dramatically change. This will be a difficult winter. It will become worse before it becomes better.”
But he said with the help of the vaccine, we “could return to normal life by the middle of next year”.
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